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3 August 2020

We Are With You wins award for its veterans programme

Drug, alcohol and mental health charity We Are With You has been awarded the prestigious Silver Award by The Ministry of Justice in the 2020 Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Awards. 

The award is for organisations that have shown that service personnel and the wider armed forces community are not unfairly disadvantaged during recruiting and selection processes and actively ensure their workforce is aware of their positive policies towards defence people. 

We Are With You’s Right Turn programme has run since 2012 and is specifically aimed at supporting veterans who struggle with drug and alcohol issues. The programme looks at veterans’ issues in the context of their whole life, understanding the role of military culture and experience in some people developing issues with drugs and/or alcohol. The charity runs veterans groups across England and has Right Turn leads in many of its services, helping veterans feel comfortable and recognised when entering treatment, whilst working alongside them to help them adjust back into civilian life. 

Jon Murray, Executive Director of Service Delivery, said: 

“Our Right Turn programme aims to put veteran experiences at the heart of the treatment process. Having people with a forces background embedded in the programme is critical to its success so we are delighted to receive this award recognising that. 

“Leaving the armed forces and re-entering civilian life can be a massive adjustment for people. The majority of people do so seamlessly but a minority can understandably struggle. Having a programme that recognises these issues and puts people in contact with others who are or have gone through the same thing is so important and I’m delighted that we have recently expanded the number of veterans groups we run. 

“I would also like to thank our funders - RAF Benevolent Fund, ABF the Soldiers Charity, Veterans Foundation and the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity - who make the programme possible."